Collector closing in on complete set of sickle bar grinders
Two sickle bar grinders from the collection of Gailey Henderson, Williamstown, W. Va. The first grinder was patented in 1859 by David Hinman, Berea, Ohio. By the turn of the century, Gailey says 60 patents had been filed for sickle bar grinders.
the rarest piece in Gailey Henderson's collection: a Montgomery Wards grinder, made in Chicago.
When needed, the sickle bar grinder could be bolted onto the side of a wheel, as shown here.
A piece in Gailey's "what is it?" exhibit: A ruffle maker, dating to 1886. The plate at right was heated, then inserted in the ruffle maker's case (left). Fabric was placed between the case and the roller, and pressure applied to create ruffles.
Galley's rolling collection includes sausage grinders on the top row. "Women like to see those," he says.